Contributory Factors Framework

What is the Contributing Factors Framework?

The Contributing Factors Framework (CFF) is a consistent, structured framework which enables rail safety investigators, rail transport operators and regulators to record and analyse the contributing factors identified during the systemic investigation of rail safety occurrences.

It allows rail operators and regulators to collect systemic safety data so that they can identify patterns and trends in safety issues and take action to rectify them.

The CFF is a system for coding information about the systemic contributors to rail safety occurrences.

What are the benefits of the CFF?

The benefits of the CFF include:

When is the CFF applied?

The CFF is applied following the completion of a systemic investigation and is used to code the findings. It enables information to be recorded in a consistent way to support industry-wide analysis.

From July 2009, the Independent Transport Safety and Reliability Regulator (ITSRR) and Office of Transport Safety Investigations (OTSI) will use the CFF and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will use a compatible coding framework in investigations they conduct or receive from accredited rail transport operators. Other rail safety regulators throughout Australia will also use the CFF.

During the first 12 months, ITSRR and OTSI will liaise closely to ensure the CFF is working effectively. ITSRR will also be looking at what resulting data can be published.

Is the CFF nationally recognised?

The CFF is endorsed by the Rail Safety Regulators' Panel (RSRP) of Australia and New Zealand. It complements current occurrence reporting processes such as ON-S1 and OC-G1. The use of the coding framework by rail industry stakeholders is voluntary, but encouraged.

Where can I obtain the CFF manual?

Use of the CFF by the rail industry is voluntary but strongly encouraged.

The CFF manual can be accessed from the ONRSR website. If you require a hard copy or further information, contact ITSRR.

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